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MEPS HC-098: MEPS Panel 9 Longitudinal Data File
Release date: February 2008

This file is a two-year longitudinal file derived from the respondents to the MEPS Panel 9 sample. The persons on this data set represent those who were in the MEPS population (civilian noninstitutionalized) for all or part of the 2004-2005 period. The file contains a longitudinal weight variable (LONGWT), all variables from the 2004 and 2005 consolidated full-year files (HC-089 and HC-097, respectively), and the strata and PSU values from the full year consolidated files and the pooled variance data file (HC-036). The weight variable (LONGWT), when applied to the persons who participated in both 2004 and 2005, will enable the user to make national estimates of person-level changes in selected variables (e.g., health insurance, health status, utilization and expenditures). In addition, LONGWT can be used to develop cross-sectional type estimates for the two-year period and for each year individually based on only the Panel 9 sample.

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Documentation PDF (57 KB) / HTML
Codebook PDF (1.2 MB) / HTML*
SAS Programming Statements TXT (649 KB)
SPSS Programming Statements TXT (703 KB)
STATA Programming Statements TXT (867 KB)

Data File, ASCII format ZIP (8.5 MB) / EXE (8.6 MB)
Data File, SAS transport format ZIP (10 MB) / EXE (10 MB)

Questionnaires — see Survey Questionnaires
*The PDF version of the codebook is recommended for printing; the HTML version is database driven and lets you navigate quickly to details on each variable.
**Right-click on the data file link, then select Save Target As or Save Link As to download the file.

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